Indiana COVID-19 top 200 as cases near 6,000

Indiana’s coronavirus death toll rose by 30 as of Wednesday, the State Department of Health reported. The total lives claimed in Indiana by COVID-19 rose to 203, while presumptive positive cases climbed to 5,943, an increase of 436 cases.

The rate of increase of reported cases was lower Wednesday than Tuesday, but so was the rate of total tests reported to the Indiana Department of Health. By Wednesday, 30,869 tests had been reported, compared to 28,764 as of Tuesday.

Every county in the Indianapolis metropolitan area reported more than 56 cases. Marion County reported 149 new cases, bringing the total in Indianapolis to 2,290 cases with 58 deaths. Elsewhere in central Indiana, counties reported the following number of cases: Hamilton (392), Hendricks (243), Johnson (230), Madison (143), Hancock (99), Morgan (82), Boone (76) and Shelby (56). The Indianapolis metro region accounts for roughly 61% of total Indiana reported coronavirus cases.

Outside of central Indiana, counties with 55 or more cases as of Wednesday include Lake (461), St. Joseph (142), Decatur (99), Allen (95), Clark (86), Porter (85),  Floyd (77), Ripley (76), Franklin (61), Bartholomew (66), Monroe (60) and Lawrence (55).

In addition to Marion County, these counties have reported five or more deaths: Hamilton (15), Lake (12), Madison (11), Johnson (8), Allen (7), Clark (7), Franklin (7), Lawrence (7), Decatur (6) and Hendricks (6).

The health department cautions that the number of positive cases is presumptive and includes only the number of positive test results reported to the agency.

The health department is providing case updates daily at about 10 a.m. based on results received through 11:59 p.m. the previous day. Health officials say Indiana has far more coronavirus cases — possibly thousands more — than those indicated by the number of tests.

The largest proportion of positive cases – 20.6% – are people ages 50-59. Women account for 54.7% of positive cases in Indiana, and men account for 45.3%.

People age 60 and older account 88.6% of all Indiana deaths from COVID-19. Of the deaths reported in Indiana, 62.6% have been men.

The state is providing daily COVID-19 updates online.

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